I am definitely a double bock kind of guy. There's just so much going on in there it's hard to know where to begin. The first sip from the bottle doesn't allow the malty aroma to do its thing, so pour it into a glass. There, that's better. The first sip from the glass is crisp and malty. Hops are there but hiding in the shadows. The head is thin but hangs a little bit of paper on the sides of the glass. Quite tasty.
Since I was sipping and cooking at the same, the Illuminator warmed up a bit over the course of about half an hour. This beer is alive! Warming up this brew releases the alcohol and barleywine-type smoothness that waits for the right moment to make itself known. The head has long since retired and no more lacework on the glass, but my insides are as warm as needs be on a January Sunday.
Distinctly American in style, Dock Street Illuminator Double Bock packs a bit of a kick. I honestly don't know the abv % but it's not for kids. Medium body and lots of flavor. Sip this one. It will pay off in the end. If you're a beginner, take the first sip to catch the head and the cold temperature. But either way, join the illuminati.
Dock Street Illuminator Double Bock
Personal Preference: .9
Total Score: 3.35 Flags
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